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Beyonce and Miley Cyrus “II Most Wanted”

Beyonce released her new album “Renaissance Act II: Cowboy Carter” yesterday, and there are some pretty cool songs on there.

First, let me remind you that Beyonce isn’t “going Country”. She released a Country-ish album because she can. Just like how Dolly Paron released a “Rock” album last Fall. Because why the heck not?

And really, those who are making hateful comments… well, you’re just proving her point on how some close-minded Country fans can be. Not all, mind you. But a lot. Also, that negative attitude isn’t a good look, but hey, you do you.

That being said, this duet she released with Miley Cyrus called “II Most Wanted”, and it’s a really cool track:


First of all, I like that it’s a proper duet- not just a feature artist on a single line or verse.

Second, I love the feel of the song. And it reminds me of the relationship that I have with my husband of almost 17 years- I love being his shotgun rider through life, and this song makes me think of that.

It just has a cool, chill vibe, and I really enjoyed it.

That’s what music is about, right?

Something that you enjoy listening to and moves you.

Have a great weekend!

Miley Cyrus/Pharrell Williams “Doctor (Work it Out)”

Miley Cyrus has teamed back up with Pharrell Williams for a poppin’ new rack called “Doctor (Work it Out) and it’s fun as hell.

The track was originally supposed to be on Miley’s 2013 album “Bangerz”, but was scrapped from the project. Over a decade later, here it is, and I’m sure you’ll be hearing it A LOT in 2024.

Ok, so not the most brilliant lyrics, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the point of this song.

It’s fun, catchy, and has a great beat (because Pharrell) and I’ve been singing it all morning.

That’s a good sign.

Also, Miley giving Barbarella/Tina Turner vibes is my favorite version of her.

Years ago, she merely annoyed me, but she has totally proven herself as an artist, and is now one of my favorites. She’s been through a lot, and has come through slaying.

GO MILEY!

Miley Cyrus Performs “Flowers” at 2024 Grammys

The 2024 Grammy Awards were last night, and I feel like is was one of the best nights in Grammy History! (Just my humble opinion over here)

Miley Cyrus won her first ever Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Flowers”- as she should have- and soon after took the stage, and NAILED her performace.


Miley is the real deal.

She sounded great, looked amazing, and overall the performance was just so fun, and gave major Tina Turner vibes.

Miley has come a looooonnnnnggg way.

I remember being merely annoyed by her in the past, but she has more than proven herself as both an artist and human, and woman is KILLING it!

Seriously, good for her.

I can’t wait for what’s next!

Check out the full list of 2024 Grammy Winners at https://www.grammy.com/awards

 

Kelly Clarkson Covers Miley Cyrus in Vegas

I know I post a lot of Kelly Clarkson covers on my blog, but the woman keeps bringing it!

Between live performances and her “Kellyoke” on “The Kelly Clarkson Show”, there’s always an impressive performance to enjoy by her.

Take her performance from her “Chemistry” Las Vegas Residency on New Years Eve- she covered my favorite song of 2023 “Used to Be Young” by Miley Cyrus, and of course, nailed it, especially at the end.


Dang, Kelly.

Also, she and her band didn’t even rehearse it. Just popped it out there and she definitely made it her own!

What I love about Kelly is that she is a real talent. Her voice is pure and perfect and she hit all the notes on any song- no auto tune needed!

Plus, she seems like a real human being with an actual personality that isn’t forced upon her by some record label.

And can we all talk about how fantatstic she looks?

I have a feeling Kelly is going to make 2024 her best year yet.

She really deserves it.

My Favorite Songs of 2023!

2023 was a pretty solid year music-wise, and as I do every year, I like to compile a list of what I really loved from the past twelve months.

It’s not based on any particular merit, or me trying to be hip and pleasing people. When it comes to music, for me, it’s what makes ME happy.

I couldn’t really care less about an artists political affilations, or what’s controversial at the moment. I feel like people like to pick everything apart and take the joy out of things. I try to not do that, and enjoy a song for what it is.

 

Here’s my “Top Picks” for 2023:

#12- Olivia Rodrigo “Vampire”:


Olivia is such a fresh talent, and her latest album “Guts” proved that she is here to stay. The lead single “Vampire” is catchy, creative, and relateable as hell.

“You called them crazy, God, I hate the way I called them crazy, too”

What woman hasn’t been in that position?

I’m really excited to see how Olivia develops as an artist in the next few years. She’s got it all. Talent, musicianship, songwriting abilites, personality and looks.

She’s like a darker Taylor Swift, and I’m all for it.

 

#11:Staind “Here and Now”:

 

“You, you always said
That I’m better when I’m not trapped in my head”

What a great opening lyric, and it really spoke to me.

Staind made another comeback this year, and they still have the same sound and great lyrics that perfectly encompass relaionships. It’s kind of like a sequel to their 2005 hit “Right Here” which I’ve always loved as well.

A lot of rock bands from my high school/college era are still going strong, making new music, and gearing up for tours in the new year, which I am totally loving. Nostalgia mixed with some great new offerings… Green Day, Blink 182, Red Hot Chili Peppers… the list goes on.

Keep it coming!

#10- Hailey Whitters “Everything She Ain’t”:

Hailey Whitters had a breakout year with her hit single “Everything She Ain’t”- ALL the sass with this one.

She’s basically Miranda Lambert 2.0, with an extra dose of honey and whiskey.

The female force in Country Music is strong. Let’s keep that train a rolling, ladies!

 

#9-Chris Stapleton “White Horse”:

Chris Stapelton can do no wrong in my eyes. Dude is a future legend. And he dropped his new album “Higher” last month, and the lead single “White Horse” is the perfect mix of Rock and Country with a smidge of Blues thrown in.  Chris is a genre unto himself.

 

#8-Taylor Swift “Cruel Summer”:

What a freaking year Taylor had!  I mean, all of her years are big, but she made 2023 her bitch. Now, I will be honest, I don’t love all of her music. I think she’s incredibly talented and brilliant, but I wouldn’t say I celebrate her entire catalogue. That being said, I love what she’s doing- and she’s at the top without selling herself short or, you know, making a sex tape or having public meltdowns. She is proof that you can do it ALL- and will go down as one of the greats of all time.

Roll your eyes, complain about her… as Taylor says, “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate”.

You don’t have to be a fan of her music to be a fan of her.

Also, this song- even through it came out several years ago, became a massive hit this year- is catchy as hell.

“I’m drunk in the back of the carAnd I cried like a baby coming home from the bar (oh)Said, “I’m fine, ” but it wasn’t trueI don’t wanna keep secrets just to keep you”

Been there.

 

 

#7-Jelly Roll feat. Lainey Wilson “Save Me”:

Another artist who had a stellar year was Jelly Roll. Rock, Country and Top 40 all had him topping charts, and he’s another artist deying genre lines. I don’t think there’s a damn thing wrong with it. I know some traditionalists snarl and say “that ain’t Country”, but I beg to differ. If Country music never evolved, and stayed as it was in the Hank Williams days, people would complain about that, too.

Music has to evolve. It always has, and always will.

And this song by Jelly Roll with the addition of the badassery that is Lainey Wilson is really, really good. Thankfully, I don’t releate to the song (at least, not yet. I don’t want to speak too soon!) but I love the meaning, and know that many do feel this way. I know Jelly Roll himself had been in that position at one point, and has managed to make a massive turnaround in his life. The guy really is an inspiration – look up his story if you haven’t yet.

And Lainey’s vocals at the end are CHILLLLLLLS.

 

 

#6-HARDY “JACK”:

Hot damn, HARDY.

HARDY is another artist who rides the lines of Country and Rock. He’s had mega-hits on Country radio, both as an artist and a songwriter, and his song “JACK” was #1 on Mainstream Rock this year. I absolutely love this song- the lyrics, the music, and anyone who has had a tangle with Jack Daniels (which I’ve had a few in my early twenties) kniws this song is truth.

This is why I stick to wine.

HARDY, like Chris Stapleton and Jelly Roll, is proving once again that Country and Rock go together extremely well.

I consider myself a Country/Rock hybrid with a sprinkle of Pop mixed in (just as a human) so obviously I’m down with this trend.

 

#5- Teddy Swims “Lose Control”:

Teddy Swims showed UP this year. His breakout single “Lose Control” made me stop in my tracks when I first heard it. I was like, “who is THAT???”

Definitely one of my favorite new artists of the year!

That voice is just sick. In the best possible way.

You know what needs to happen?

A Teddy Swims/Chris Stapleton duet,

Yesssssssssss…

#4-Lainey Wilson “Wildflowers and Wild Horses”:


Lainey Wilson is another artist who had a massive 2023. She was EVERYWHERE. As she should be.

And her latest single “Wildflowers and Wild Horses” is easily my favorite of hers so far.

“I’m four-fifths of reckless and one-fifth of jackI push like a daisy through old sidewalk cracksYeah, my kinda crazy’s still running its courses withWildflowers and wild horses”

HELL. YES.

Although, I’m a bottle of Yellow Tail merlot instead of Jack, but close enough.

 

 

#3- Kelsea Ballerini “If You Go Down”:

This is SUCH a fun song, and it reminds me of me and my best friend Erica and all of our shennanigans over our 30 year friendship.

Kelsea is really coming into her own as an artist and songwriter, and has put out some really good stuff post-divorce. (Isn’t that how it always goes? Silver lining, I guess.)

 

#2- Cody Johnson “The Painter”:

Cody Johnson is here to save Country Music.

His latest album- a double album called “Leather”- came out this Fall, and the lead single “The Painter” is a perfect Country love song.

“I don’t rememberLife before she came into the pictureBrought the beauty I was missin’ with herShowed me colors I ain’t never seenShe took chancesWith every wall I built, she saw a canvasI thank God every day for how He made herMy life was black and white but she’s the painter”

What a beautifully written chorus.

#1- Miley Cyrus “Used to Be Young”:

Miley Cyrus has come a long way- both as an artist and a person- and her music has been pure pop perfection lately.

I know “Flowers” was her big hit this year, but I personally love her latest single “Used to Be Young”.

As someone who had way too much fun in her early twenties (hey, had to get it out of my system!), this song resonated with me big time.

Was I wild and crazy? Hell yeah.

Maybe not to Miley Cyrus’s level, but still.

But it was fun, and embarrassing and ridiculous and beautiful and everything in between.

Isn’t that what youth is for?

All I know is that I had a good time, and now at 40, my idea of a good time is bed by 9:30 after a glass of wine and some pork chops.

I get excited over crock pots and Dysons.

It happens, kiddos.

There is a season for everything. Enjoy each one to the fullest.

 

Now that I dropped a middle-age wisdom bomb on you, I want to know what was YOUR favorite song of 2023?

How did it speak to you?

I love hearing your stories and comments.

Cheers to 2024, and more great new music to come!

 

Miley Cyrus “Faithfully” Live at Chateau Marmont

 

A few weeks ago, I shared a clip of Mikey Cyrus singing a stellar version of Journey’s “Faithfully” at her birthday celebration at Chateau Marmont, and I know a lot of you really enjoyed it.

You know what you’ll enjoy even more?

The FULL version with actually good audio that Miley herself just shared!


So damn good.

Miley has such a unique voice and delivery style, and I’m really hoping she does a covers album soon. She’s got some great versions of classic songs, so why not?

Maybe that’s what she is hinting at?

Either way, Miley has really grown so much as an artist, and my respect and admiration for her has grown for her in these past few years.

I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in 2024!

Miley Cyrus Singing Journey’s “Faithfully”

As time goes on, I am definitely becoming more and more of a Miley Cyrus fan.  I wasn’t into her in her “Hannah Montana” days, nor her music right after. Some of her songs on the “Bangerz” album were good, but her public persona was a bit much for me at the stage of life I was in. But now?  Miley has grown as an artist and a person and is really impressive. These past few years, she has really turned my head as an artist, and she keeps getting better.

Case in point: Her version of Journey’s “Faithfully” at her 31st Birthday Party at Chateau Marmont:


Well, she just slayed that, and made it her own.

“Faithfully” is one of my favorite 80’s Power Ballads, and I love the spin she put on it. She made it her own.

Anyone else hope she releases her version as a single?

Dolly Parton feat. Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

As you probably know by now, Dolly Parton’s rock cover album “Rockstar” is coming on November 17th, and she’s been dropping tracks off it at random. This one I have been waiting for a while…

Dolly covering her GodDaughter’s smash hit “Wrecking Ball” with Miley on the track.

Yep. I’m so here for it.

Sorry if you were expecting Dolly naked on a Wrecking Ball. Maybe next year.

But seriously, I don’t think there is anything that Dolly can’t sing.

“Rockstar” drops November 17th, and you can check out the full tracklisting at http://dollyparton.com

Miley Cyrus “Used to Be Young”

Miley Cyrus is on FIRE!

She kicked off the year with killer album and a smash single “Flowers” which you can’t get away from, and now she released another sure hit “Used to Be Young”.

Anyone whoever lived it up a little (or a lot!) in the past can relate.

So good, right?

Lyrically on point, catchy, emotional, and totally Miley.  It’s something she lived through (we ALL remember) and she came out better, and has no regrets. And she got one hell of a song out of it.

The song resonates with me big time, as I had a party bone in my early twenties, and people still bring up those crazy times. To be fair, I never partied to Miley’s level, but I did enjoy Jager and Jack shots and making bad decisions and waking up thinking “shiiit, who do I need to apologize to” way too often.  Looking back, I wasn’t perfect, but I was young and silly and thankfully grew out of it pretty quickly. Do I have any major regrets? Nah. But I do have some “cringe” moments, as most people do.

Which is why I think this song is so awesome. Most of have been there, and have stories to tell.

Thank God social media wasn’t a thing in my early twenties.

Also, Miley is turning into one hell of an artist, and I’m proud as heck of her.

Also, I’m still fun… if you count a glass of wine and in bed before 10 fun.

 

Miley Cyrus “Flowers”

Miley Cyrus is kicking off 2023 with one heck of a great new Pop single!

For the longest time, I found her kind of annoying in her “Hannah Montana” days, and of course, the years following. But all twerking aside, Miley has proven herself as one heck of an artist, and I absolutely love her voice.

Her new single “Flowers” just came out, and it’s Pop Perfection.

Ok, so the video is weird, but considering Miley once rode a wrecking ball naked, it’s actually pretty tame for her.

 

“Flowers” is off of her new album “Endless Summer Vacation” which comes out March 10th.

If this song is any indication, I’m thinking it’s gonna be pretty damn good.